Letter published in the Sunday Times – slightly edited by the newspaper – on 18 March 2012
Bojan Pancevski’s report “I can’t fly Ryanair – the EU’s paying” (11 March) is simply incorrect. The European Commission does not ban officials from using budget carriers. On the contrary, low-cost airlines are explicitly highlighted as an option in travel guidance for staff. They have to book Ryanair flights themselves because Ryanair – unlike some other low-cost airlines – does not allow travel agents to book tickets through industry booking systems. Also contrary to the report, EU officials are in most circumstances required to fly in economy class. In 2011, more than 80% of flights were in economy.
Spokesman for Administration, European Commission